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Lumen reveals if your body is burning fat or carbs with a single breath

Lumen's technology is based on the very real metabolic measurement called respiratory quotient (RQ). For decades scientists and dieticians have used …

Carbohydrates

All the best deals this Amazon Prime Day

Today, Amazon is offering deals on millions (!) of products and bundles. Here are the ones that are worthwhile.<p>If you've been sitting on an Amazon cart full of gear, today may be the day to pull the trigger. Today is Amazon Prime Day, a 36-hour blow-out on supplies for every room, every activity, …

Shopping

Report: Adobe Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for iPad

<i>Following in the footsteps of their experiment with Lightroom CC, a new report indicates Adobe has new plans for Photoshop on iPad.</i><p>Say what you will …

Tutorials

How to Make the Bixby Button Launch Something Else on Your Samsung Phone

I love my Note 8. It’s fast, has a beautiful display, and it takes better pictures than any smartphone I’ve ever had. I hate the Bixby button.<p>I’ve …

Bixby

Gore (the Gore-Tex Company) Thinks It Holds the Key to On-Skin Wearables

Gore is recruiting startups to Silicon Valley to make wearables or flexible electronics from the same material used in Gore-TexI confess, I wasn’t …

Silicon Valley

Best headphones for every situation

There are literally thousands of different headphones, earphones, and earbuds out there to choose from. All have the same idea at heart — to provide …

Consumer Tech

Here's What We Actually Want to Buy on Amazon Prime Day

The countdown is on until Prime Day, the mega-shopping holiday engineered by the gods of Amazon. As much as we like to pretend we aren't slaves to …

Shopping

Microsoft Whiteboard is available to all on Windows, iOS version coming soon

Microsoft previewed White Board last May, alongside the new Surface Pro, eventually rolling it out in public beta in December. The collaboration app just went live to all Windows users, as part of the deluge of announcements tied to the upcoming Inspire conference.<p>Whiteboard is kind of digital …

Whiteboards

The best sleep tracker you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>Sleep is a pretty important part of our life. On average, humans spend around a third of their lives asleep, and while …

The Best Android Tablets

After spending hundreds of hours over the past several years researching and testing tablets, we think the best full-featured Android tablet for most …

Gear & Gadgets

Check out all the smart home products at CES 2018 (so far)

Smart Homes

Belkin’s new power bank is charged via Lightning

The first ever Lightning-charged power bank has finally arrived thanks to the folks at Belkin.<p>Say goodbye to that Micro-USB cable you’ve been carrying around.<p>iPhone owners can now use the same Lightning cable that charges their iPhone to power-up Belkin’s new battery, dubbed the BOOST↑­CHARGE Power …

Powerbank

So you bought a smart TV. Now you need these apps.

Built for the big screen.<p>These days, you can easily run an app on your television—just invest in a software-packed smart TV or a video-streaming device that plugs into your existing set. Whichever option you choose, you'll find that the same program you have on your smartphone works differently on …

Smart TV

Amazon Prime Day 2018: When It Starts and How to Score the Best Deals

If your interests include scoring a good deal, then it’s likely you have an Amazon Prime membership, and thus, know of Amazon Prime Day, the online …

Shopping

The One Common Thing Dyson Thinks Will Disappear from Homes

Sir James Dyson, the ingenious inventor who gave us both the indispensable Dyson vacuums (I have two!) and those intense Dyson hand dryers, is …

Smart Homes

Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone

As directors like Steven Soderbergh and Sean Baker have shown, you can conjure movie magic with an iPhone.<p>1. Apple iPhone X<p>The dual rear cameras on …

Gear & Gadgets

Best Bicycle Tech 2018: The Top Gadgets To Improve Your Two-Wheeled Ride

In the same way that it’s influenced the fitness industry through wearable tech, advances in technology have had a massive impact on cycling culture across the world over the last few years. Thanks to an influx of innovations making cycling safer, easier and more fun, people are cycling around more …

Wearable Tech

Bixby guide: Features, compatible devices, best commands

The Samsung Bixby digital assistant lets you control your smartphone with voice commands. You can open apps, check the weather, play music, turn on Bluetooth, and much more. You’ll find everything you need to know about Google Assistant‘s biggest rival below, including how to access it, the …

Apps

The best wireless keyboards

Tablets and laptops are getting more advanced all the time, but our input options often have a hard time keeping up. If you want to get down to …

Gear & Gadgets

These Easy-To-Install Smart Outlets Can Upgrade Any Home to a Smart Home

The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but you don’t often hear that the most impactful devices are actually the simplest to install and least …

Home Automation

8 Futuristic smart home gadgets that will blow your mind

Given the current pace of change, some new products feel like old hat. But these futuristic smart home gadgets should impress even early</b> …

Smart Homes

Best Chromebooks (July 2018)

In May of 2011 the Chromebook line was first announced, immediately finding itself a target of mixed reception. Many felt a computer that was “limited to the web” would ultimately struggle to find a following, and yet despite this the Chromebooks market has exploded in recent years, especially in …

Mobile Technology

Amazon now lets you turn your Fire tablet into an Echo Show

Amazon wants you to think of your Fire tablet as not just a tablet but a full-fledged Alexa-enabled device -- or more precisely, a slimmed down Echo Show.<p>It's called Show Mode, and it's coming as a free software update for current generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Like the Echo Show, the …

Gear & Gadgets

What I Tell Friends Who Ask Me What Bluetooth Headphones To Buy

If a friend asks me about the best Bluetooth headphones, I like to make some chitchat first. I’ll say, “Hey, how’s it going? I haven’t seen you since the [popular music group] show at [popular music venue] that time!” And then I like to get down to business. The simple answer to the Bluetooth …

Consumer Tech

Study measures which of these 12 VPNs is best

German IT security institute AV Test put the most popular VPNs through a battery of tests to determine which one is the best for consumers. Today, it revealed the results of those tests.<p>Twelve popular VPNs were put on trial, with each having to prove itself in tests of usability, privacy, …

vpns

This fancy device turns your entire room into a screen

Augmented reality for the design-minded<p>Screen fatigue is real. Between phones and laptops and TVs, it seems as if the world is covered in glowing glass boxes.<p>At first glance it might seems as if Lightform, a new projector system that casts light onto any surface, is part of the problem. Then you …

Augmented Reality

The Ecobee4 is the new smart thermostat to beat (Nest who?) - Page 2 - CNET

The Ecobee4's smarts<p>Connecting your Ecobee4 to Wi-Fi is as easy as downloading the related app for Android and iPhone and following the step-by-step instructions. It should only take a few minutes. Once the thermostat is connected to your local network, you can access it from the mobile or web app. …

Smart Homes

Bose SleepBuds Block Out Noise While You Snooze

Bose's $249 SleepBuds combine wire-free earphone technology with noise isolation and built-in relaxation tracks. But the lack of music-streaming …

Consumer Tech

Bose’s new $250 Sleepbuds play soothing sounds instead of music

Is quality sleep worth that much cash?<p>After a couple years of development and early prototype testing through an Indiegogo campaign, Bose is commercially releasing its noise-masking Sleepbuds. They go on sale tomorrow, June 21st, for $250 from Amazon, Best Buy, Bose, and other retailers. The …

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